Health Benefits Of Fish Oil For The Skin

Fish oil comes from fish that are rich in omega-3, such as mackerel and herring. Some studies suggest that fish oil may benefit people with certain skin conditions, though not all researchers agree.

Omega-3 is a polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA), which is a type of nutrient that the body cannot make for itself.

In this article, we look at fish oil for the skin, including its potential benefits, what the research says, and which skin conditions it may help. We also discuss how to use fish oil to get the maximum benefit.

A 2018 review in Marine DrugsTrusted Source notes that fish oil and its components, including omega-3, can help support the skin’s overall health. The review found evidence that fish oil can help by:

  • maintaining homeostasis
  • improving barrier function
  • inhibiting inflammation, particularly from UV light
  • promoting skin healing

Scientists believe that these benefits are due to the PUFAs in fish oil, which include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

The body incorporates dietary fatty acids into cell membranes. When a cell membrane is healthy, the cell can hold water. In the skin, this results in cells being hydrated and soft. Omega-3 fatty acids also help reduce the production of inflammatory compounds that contribute to the aging process.

Some fish oils contain other nutrients, such as vitamin A, vitamin D, and selenium. Vitamin A is an antioxidant related to retinol, a popular ingredient in skin care products and a treatment for skin disorders.

However, while evidence supports the idea that fish oil boosts general skin health, the research on its benefits for specific skin conditions is more mixed. Read More

Benefits Of Fish Oil

What is Fish Oil?

Fish oil can be obtained from eating fish or by taking supplements. Fish that are especially rich in the beneficial oils known as omega-3 fatty acids include mackerel, herring, tuna, salmon, cod liver, whale blubber, and seal blubber. Two of the most important omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish oil are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Make sure to see separate listings on EPA and DHA, as well as Cod Liver Oil, and Shark Liver Oil.

Fish oil is FDA approved to lower triglycerides levels, but it is also used for many other conditions. It is most often used for conditions related to the heart and blood system. Some people use fish oil to lower blood pressuretriglycerides and cholesterol levels. Fish oil has also been used for preventing heart disease or stroke, as well as for clogged arteries, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, bypass surgery, heart failure, rapid heartbeat, preventing blood clots, and high blood pressure after a heart transplant.

Fish oil is also used to for many kidney-related problems including kidney diseasekidney failure, and kidney complications related to diabetescirrhosis, Berger’s disease (IgA nephropathy), heart transplantation, or using the drug called cyclosporine.

Fish may have earned its reputation as “brain food” because some people eat fish to help with depressionbipolar disorder, psychosis, attention deficithyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Alzheimer’s disease, developmental coordination disorder, migraine headacheepilepsyschizophreniapost-traumatic stress disorder, and mental impairment.

Some people use fish oil for dry eyescataractsglaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a very common condition in older people that can lead to serious sight problems.

Fish oil is taken by mouth for stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), inflammatory bowel diseasepancreatitis, an inherited disorder called phenylketonuriaallergy to salicylate, Crohn’s disease, Behcet’s syndrome, and Raynaud’s syndrome.

Women sometimes take fish oil to prevent painful periods; breast pain; and complications associated with pregnancy such as miscarriage (including that caused by a condition called antiphospholipid syndrome), high blood pressure late in pregnancy, early delivery, slow infant growth, and to promote infant development.

Fish oil is also taken by mouth for weight lossexercise performance and muscle strength, muscle soreness after exercisepneumoniacancer, lung disease, seasonal allergieschronic fatigue syndrome, and for preventing blood vessels from re-narrowing after surgery to widen them.

Fish oil is also used for diabetesprediabetesasthma, a movement and coordination disorder called dyspraxia, dyslexiaeczemaautismobesity, weak bones (osteoporosis), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritispsoriasis, an autoimmune disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), multiple sclerosisHIV/AIDScystic fibrosisgum diseaseLyme diseasesickle cell disease, and preventing weight loss caused by some cancer drugs.

Fish oil is used intravenously (by IV) for scaly and itchy skin (psoriasis), blood infection, cystic fibrosis, pressure ulcers, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Fish oil is applied to the skin for psoriasis. Read More

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